12 Nov 2015

Solomons leader says he remains committed to ICAC

8:23 pm on 12 November 2015
Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare

Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare Photo: RNZI

The Solomon Islands prime minister Manasseh Sogavare says he intends to bring the country's first anti-corruption bill to parliament early next year.

Mr Sogavare has restated his government's commitment to establishing what would be the country's first Independent Commission Against Corruption, or ICAC.

This comes after the opposition said his enthusiasm for an ICAC was propaganda because little progress had been made.

But Mr Sogavare says his government had been planning to establish the anti-corruption agency by the end of this year but has encountered setbacks, such as the lack of a specialised legal draftsman and other priorities.